South Andros Island

Flub #1 ~ I caught this fish when technically I was trying for a different one that I missed.

Flub #2 ~ My pronunciation of Tom Larimers last name.

Flub #3 ~ Try to act all smart and cool-mo-dee when trying to hold a slippery (little suckers) bonefish. As you’ll see in the video, the fish taught me….

(Please excuse the couple of times the wind sounds so loud. If I knew how to edit video, I would, but I don’t. So this is as good as it gets….)

My thanks to Tom Larimer who not only took this video, but spent not one, but two days fishing with me.

Additional Flub Admissions:

Flub#4 ~ I had no idea who Tom was (a fly fishing rockstar) the first day I fished with him which is basically the equivalent of sitting next to Brad Pitt on a 10 hour flight and asking him halfway through the trip….”So, what it is that you do?” (Which again proves how out of the loop I am when it comes to the who’s who of fly fishing)

Flub#5 ~ On the second day I fished with Tom (after someone else had explained to me in great detail who Tom was) he was standing right behind me when I did a rather hard strip set. My fist went flying back and felt like it hit a zone where no female fist should connect with at a high rate of speed. Although I did hook that bonefish and my line was screaming one direction, I turned around and my only concern was, “OH MY GOD, Did I just incapacitate thee Tom Larimer of Fly Fishing for Steelhead??”

The Flub conversation went like this:
Our guide Charlie was yelling and pointing at the fish, “REBECCA! You have FISH ON!”
I was yelling back and pointing at Tom, “I KNOW! But…but…the jewels!”
And Tom was yelling and pointing at the fish, “YOU MISSED ME, get the fish”

I lost the fish.
And was traumatized for a good hour over the incident.

Tom and I

Oh, and I had an incredible, amazing time fishing with Tom. I learned a lot, laughed a lot, caught fish, got casting pointers and can’t wait to Fly Fish with him again.

You can check out Tom’s world here:
Larimer Outfitters
Oregon Fly Fishing Report (blog)

You can check out Deneki Fly Fishing Lodges here:
Deneki
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Sea Shells By The Sea Bunny…

by Rebecca on April 22, 2011

in Outdoor Photo Journal

Until last month, my beach combing experiences have been limited to the Oregon and California coast. That means for the whole of my life, finding a non-broken seashell was considered a major treasure score. If it was a non-broken seashell bigger than my thumbnail…well, stop the presses and behold the most amazing seashell..ever.

So imagine me, deprived of ever finding a seashell whole enough or big enough to hear the waves in, on South Andros Island, suddenly surrounded by mountains of big beautiful seashells.  It made me want to box all those conch shells up, ship them to the Oregon coast and each night I could cruise up and down the beaches dropping a bit of seashell awesomeness along the way for kids to find in the morning.

I think that would be way better than the Easter bunny.

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